Costa Rica is the happiest country on the planet for a reason, well many. Sunny skies, epic swells, and biodiverse terrain (sandy beaches, majestic mountains, verdant valleys, and dense vegetation) make it a playground for outdoor recreation—not to mention a star of the ecotourism industry. It’s also a wellness mecca with a vibrant culture and delicious cuisine. Simply put: There’s something for everyone in this tropical paradise.
Luckily, you don’t have to be a resident enjoy the good vibes and year-round great weather. From surf lessons and organic farms to beachfront yoga and natural spa rituals, these spectacular properties invite visitors to experience the true meaning of pura vida.
Couples looking to disconnect should consider Pacuare Lodge. This eco retreat is an off-the-grid honeymoon haven, nestled deep within 25,000 acres of protected rainforest. Thatched-roof bungalows, built in harmony with nature, are electricity-free (our top pick is the Canopy Suite, accessible by a private suspension bridge), which means you’ll spend less time checking emails and more time sipping guaro cocktails, swimming in your spring-fed plunge pool, and staring at the sweeping views.
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Situated within the splendor of Peninsula Papagayo, this reimaged resort is a design-lover’s dream. It’s posh yet totally unpretentious. Indoor-outdoor living spaces seem to disappear into the idyllic landscape. Upscale amenities, including a tranquil spa with services inspired by local healing traditions, are complemented by fantastic food and an ultra-attentive staff. From cold towels and welcome coconuts upon arrival to the warm send-off when you depart, the entire experience is barefoot luxury at its best.
Rancho Pacifico is a sanctuary of serenity (read: no kids allowed), seclusion and scenic beauty in the heart of Osa, a region renowned for its biological diversity. Whether you prefer action-packed or pampering pursuits, you’ll find ‘em here. Nature buffs can go wild zip-lining, whale watching, and snorkeling, or embark on an all-day trek to see 69 waterfalls up close. On the menu for relaxation-seekers? Bliss-inducing treatments at the award-winning spa.
Billed as “the next Tulum,” the Costa Rican beach town of Santa Teresa, has all the laid-back charm but far fewer crowds. The vibe is breezy, and the accomodations follow suit. Intimate and impossibly picturesque, Florblanca is the ultimate easy-going escape with wellness-oriented offerings galore. Start your day with seaside yoga or an early-morning surf session. Savor fresh, healthy fare for lunch. Spend your afternoon lazing in a crocheted hammock. Take a sunset stroll along the pristine shore.
Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort
Set amidst the untrammeled splendor of Pérez Zeledón, this off-the-beaten-path treasure is defined by its home-style hospitality, authentic activities, and spellbinding surrounds. The best way to see it all? Soar above cloud forests and emerald valleys on an ultralight flight or saddle up for an equestrian tour of the nearby coffee plantations. Prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground? Join the chefs to pick produce straight from the on-site organic farm.
Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas
Calling all couples! This adults-only boutique hotel is a grown-up getaway with a sustainable sensibility (you can book your stay through Kind Traveler). All 21 villas flaunt contemporary furnishings, private terraces, and saltwater infinity plunge pools. The sun-splashed coast beckons with its white sands, turquoise waters, and surf-worthy waves. Jungles and peaks are ripe for exploration—whether on foot, bike, or horseback. Plus, this hilltop hideaway is just minutes from the charming town of Las Catalinas.